Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal - A REVIEW


Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal
Revised and Updated: The Best and Worst Choices to Treat your Ailments Naturally
By Editors of Reader's Digest
Published by Reader's Digest
Paperback: 400 pages

Boost mood, rev energy, and live longer with every bite
Confused about whether you should go low-carb or low-fat? Wondering whether wine or beer is healthier? Concerned that your diet is making a health condition worse? Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal sets the record straight on what to eat to prevent or treat a wide variety of ailments.

The first edition of this pioneering guide changed the way we view food and its impact on our bodies. Since then, researchers have continued to uncover the effects -- both good or bad -- of food on cancer, stress, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and other common conditions.

In this completely revised, updated, and redesigned edition you'll find:
  • More than 170 foods, from apples to zucchini plus simple ways to eat, cook, and store each food to maximize its healing potential.
  • More than 100 health conditions -- from arthritis to varicose veins -- with quick tips on what to eat to prevent or treat each ailment.
  • An all-new overview of nutrition and food safety, including the role of phytochemicals in health; the potential dangers of pesticides, food additives, and genetically modified crops; and the best healthy cooking methods. 
  • Special features on the benefits of vitamin D, the real deal on high-fructose corn syrup, the dangers of mixing food and medicine, and much more.
Let food be your medicine, and let Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal be your prescription.

The 411 by Maria:

I LOVED this book. It is a great resource to help you gauge what foods are really good for your particular body and health issues. 

It is divided into three sections!

  • Nutrition: This section examines the real deal on all the ways foods can help – or hinder – your health, breaking down the details on nutrition, food safety and eating to heal. Special features include a deep dive into the potential dangers of pesticides and other chemicals, a look at genetically modified crops, prebiotics and probiotics, dietary supplements and if you really need them, organic foods and if they are worth the cost, eating fast food on the run, the best cooking methods, and dietary restrictions such as dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free.

  • Foods: The second section offers an A-Z guide to more than 175 foods that harm and heal – from acorn squash to zucchini – plus simple ways to eat, cook and store each one to maximize its healing potential. Special features include a look at caffeine, eating healthy while traveling, super foods and if they live up to the hype, and the best ways to beat your cravings.

  • Ailments: A condition-by-condition guide to what you should eat – and avoid – to prevent or treat 100 ailments, from acne to ADHD, depression to diabetes, the cold and flu, food poisoning to fever, PMS, menopause, stress and several other diseases. Additional features include a description of the glycemic index and how to use it, warnings about medicine and food interactions, and a look at special nutrition needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding, infancy and childhood, and your senior years.
I found the book to be interesting in that it didn't just break things down by telling you why it is good or bad for you but dives deeper giving you helpful information you can use for the rest of your life.

You are given a food, a serving size, how it harms you, how it heals you.

For instance:

Persimmons (1 medium/6 oz)

Harms: Bloating and flatulence. 
Heals: Cancer, immunity, blood pressure, digestion, weight gain

Next it goes on to describe what the food is, where it comes from, what they taste like, how to eat it,  etc.

Then it gives you the health benefits and health risks 

Lastly eating tips, buying tips and storing tips.

The layout is really reader friendly and makes you want to read it. The breakdown is perfect for a book like this!

I also found the Ailment section to be really helpful. Like I had no idea that bananas, figs and artichokes are good for diverticulitis. After my intestinal issues of the past and my major dissection, I will be adding these food which I love to my diet. 

Definitely a great book for anyone who wants to do the best they can for the body, their health and their well being over all.

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